From my door
Usually, I just write the CW/HW/Target on the board...
but, I'm really excited about how my signs turned out :)
Jobs with 6th graders...not sure about this. Gonna try it out. Some jobs are specific for 1st period only (lunch count, Channel One manager) or for specific periods (calendar manager), and finally all period (supplies, paper). I put it right next to the dry erase board so I could just write the student's name on the board...and as I write this, I've thought of a problem. Like for all periods, how am I going to have six different names...hmmmmm, gotta think about this one some more.
I've literally never had a calendar in my classroom. I've always thought that it is such an elementary thing. But, with the needs of my students, I feel like I am teaching elementary...and after reading TONS of blogs, I'm feeling pretty good about that. At my own house, I have a calendar on my fridge that I mark off each day to keep track of where we are at, and it helps my 4 year olds follow along...now, along those lines I needed something to help my students follow along with the calendar instead of just seeing a bunch of numbers. So, I decided I would paperclip a star to whatever day we are on. Hopefully that will be a visual cue as to which day we are on. I'm not big on counting straws, nor do I want to manage that (especially with so many different classes). So, I saw on pinterest somewhere the number rings to flip. Going to see how that goes. I'm going to use the calendar and days in school to go along with our calendar math.
This is my newest addition to my class. Super excited about my bright tubs which came from Big Lots, and are super durable. I'm really going to focus this year on visual cues/reminders for students, hence the sign on the wall. All of the composition notebooks have a sticker of varying colors to help me check quickly that the notebooks are in the right tub. Example: All of the ISN for 1st period has an orange sticker on the spine with packaging tape over it to ensure it stays :) the little plastic boxes were $0.99 from Walmart and have my manipulatives for each table group.
I'm starting to implement Brummett Bucks this year as a reward system to hopefully motivate my students. I teach special education and intervention classes, and in all honestly, these kiddos can be hard to motivate. Hopefully this will help :) I am using the rewards cards that I picked up in a Flash Freebie from Mandy Lopez over at www.the4thgradejourney.blogspot.com My BFF is the EBD teacher at my school. She questioned me hard "How do they earn them?" I felt I needed to have two categories: definite ways to earn a buck, and get caught to earn a buck. We'll see how this goes...I've never tried anything like this before.
And, finally, two things here: 1) half a sheet of felt to use as erasers this year instead of using all.my.paper.towels. I HATE that, so I vowed to come up with something else. Luckily, the people on Pinterest are waaaay smarter than me. That lovely idea came from Pinterest. 2) My boards were nasty (so I cleaned them) and were difficult to erase (which compounding the nastiness). I read on, of all places, Pinterest to spray some WD-40 on each one and rub in. It repairs the boards...we'll see how it works. It seemed to do make erasing easier when I tried it. My BFF's board is AW-FUL!!! I told her about it, and we figured no harm, no foul.
Excited to start putting some faces with the names I've been reading this summer :)